Tiny Houses put Compassion into Action

Recently we have received several great stories from congregations that are living out their partnership with Week of Compassion in the most creative and imaginative ways.  If one needed another reminder that the genius of Week of Compassion lies in the partnership with our congregations, here is another one.  Thanks to Pastor Ed Taylor, David Ricks and the folks at First Christian Church, Gibson City, Illinois for this one.  

David Ricks is a senior in high school and a member of First Christian Church in Gibson City, Illinois. David had a "tiny" idea. In adding his skills as an artist to his vocational interest in architecture, David became interested in the concept of tiny houses. 

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Tiny houses are a response to the desire of many to simply downsize their living space.  The result can be simplified living in a smaller space.  A typical tiny house would be 100 to 400 square feet. This movement continues to grow as an alternative for personal use and as an expression of compassion in ministry with the homeless.

David's personal interest led to conversations with his pastor, family and the Disciples Men's Fellowship. With encouragement, he designed a house with featuring 144 square feet or 8 'x 18'. Details were important in creating a space that is efficient, yet comfortable. 

Interest has grown in David's home congregation. With church board endorsement, the "Tiny House Project" will incorporate David's design with volunteer labor by his church, school class and the men's fellowship. A project team of youth and adults will address building site, permits, and funding.

The best part? After the house is complete, it will be auctioned off. Profits from the auction will be given to Week of Compassion as an expression of solidarity with those hungry for a clean, safe and secure place to live. 

10 Ways to Put Your Compassion into Action

While this year's Week of Compassion offering was celebrated February 16-23, 2014, our work goes on all year! Want to know how you can partner with us throughout the year? Check out this list on social media site BuzzFeed

From The Heart of the Congo

Our Partners at IMA World Health are presenting "From the Heart of the Congo," an important event featuring Louise Bashige, an inspirational woman working on the front lines of addressing sexual and gender based violence in one of the most challenging places on earth. Hear her first-hand account of powerful stories from the field and of impactful programs that are changing the world.

The event will be held Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the Chesapeake Baltimore, in Baltimore, Maryland.  More information is available here.

Today's Responses:

Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance

Burundi, Storm Response
Virginia, Church Fire Response
New York, Storm Response (4)
New Jersey, Storm Response (2)
Syria, IDP and Refugee Support